Tuesday 9 February 2010: The Fog Dusted Tracks
The Fog Dusted Tracks......mysterious and enchanting with a touch of................ wait, is that the cops???
We awoke this morning to a socked in world of deep dense fog. It was the type of fog that hovered over every bush, partially blocking the huge trees lumbering over our house, and made our drive to preschool a slow and careful one. The fog was so thick that you could feel the moisture in the air. I have been waiting for a foggy morning like this. All in the name of blip!
After dropping my son off at preschool, I decided to take a different route home. This route lengthened our drive by only a few minutes and my daughter and nephew were snug in their seats enjoying my singing (yes, I had to keep inventing new pirate songs for the little guy). I decided to take advantage of the fog and headed towards a local railroad bridge that I have been wanting to photograph. We pass it all the time and of course, pre-blip, I hadn't ever paid it much attention. When we drove into the little state park, it was desolate. Not a person in sight. I was able to park the car and take some pictures without even getting out of the car. I stood on the running board with the door open wide and as I was taking pictures, I was pointing this neat old bridge out to the kids.
I snap snap and snapped one more shot before deciding that it was time to head home. Out of my peripheral vision, I saw a city police car (the fancy kind) pass by on the left and then I saw it slow and then.....oh shoot, it stopped. The reverse lights began to glow in the dense fog and I looked at the kids and said, "Well, we've got company". My two year old nephew started saying, "who, who, who, who". "Well kids, it's just some nice police officers coming over to say hello". And I waited. Watching the cop car pull around and start making its way towards me.....yes that would be front bumper to front bumper. Okay, so I knew that I was on public property, I was parked at a city park for heaven's sakes taking photos of a bridge from my car.....but it still didn't stop those fleeting thoughts of, "Oh no, I'm gonna be taken away in hand cuffs in front of the kids just for taking some shots of a cool old bridge". So of course, at this point the police car had stopped just a few feet from the front of my car. We could see each other though our windshields. I opened my car door and stood back up on the running board so that they could see me. They both got out and circled around to the front of their car, cop style! I figured that I would break the ice by saying, "Oh hi, I'm not parked on private property am I????". As the one police officer was nodding his head yes, the other (and much friendlier one) was saying, "Oh no, of course not". Phew, okay. So I said, "Well I was just taking some pictures of this neat old bridge". The nice one responded with, "Oh okay, we saw you parked here looking up into the trellis of the bridge and thought that you might be looking for something". "Oh...no", I said, "Actually I was trying to capture the fog that is covering the bridge this morning". The not so friendly police officer was still just staring at me but the nice one was suddenly interested. He looked back up at the bridge and said, "Oh, yeah......okay I see". "Just wanted to make sure that you weren't in any kind of trouble". "Oh no, just taking advantage of the fog today sir". Knowing me, this would have been my opportunity to tell him all about blipfoto, but thankfully I kept my mouth shut.
So off we went, both of us. Me with my shot and them with, well, with the peace of mind that I wasn't some crazy person at the park. When I got home, I told my husband the story and I was like, "I feel like I shouldn't even use my shot, I'm not one to have a run-in with the city cops". And my husband responded with, "are you really serious right now? Those guys are extremely thorough in this town, that is just what they do." So I got over it pretty quickly and decided that for my 100th blip, I should use the shot that really caught my eye today. And I should use the shot that created this unfathomable story. But hey, I would rather our local police be more cautious than less. It's just a little intimidating to be approached by two of them. So it was a win-win. I got my blip, they did their job and most importantly, the kids got to see real police officers. Yay!
And all of this before 9:30 am. What can I say, it's all in the name of blip. Blipfoto has caused me to open my eyes, explore some new surroundings, and get that thrill of using my camera every day. Not only am I at 100 blip photos, but this is the first time that I have ever been consistent with journaling. I can look back on my 100 photos now and remember each of the 100 days that I have lived. I can reread my journals and remember a special little thing that happened each day that I may have already forgotten about now. Devoting myself to this daily challenge has encouraged me to continue to get the most out of my life and to continue having the best time doing it. I love where photography has taken me thus far and I am looking forward to 100 more, and more........and more!
Thanks to all of you who have loved me and supported me by reading/viewing my photography. It blows me away that so many of you take the time out of your day to check in on my site. It means more to me than I could ever express with words. I guess all I can say to you all is thank you!
So blip on blippers and to my reader friends........ya'll are rockin' awesome!!!